Name: John Lee Lewis AKA J.L. Lewis
Location: Austin, TX
John Lee “J.L.” Lewis is an American professional golfer who grew up in Emporia, Kansas He has two career PGA TOUR wins under his belt including the 1999 John Deere Classic and the 2003 84 Lumber Classic. In 1999 J.L. also won the Honda Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Our team caught up with J.L. and we’re able to get some fun facts and info about the Austin, Texas golfer.
Golficity: How did it feel to get your first PGA TOUR win at the 1999 John Deere Classic?
J.L Lewis: Phenomenal. It was a huge relief because I knew I had a great way to support my family for the next several years. I love the game, but making a living is a high priority and winning gave me some assurance I was going to have opportunity for several years. That, in addition to the satisfaction of accomplishing a goal I was striving for and knew I could attain. It was very exciting and put me into a category that few people reach – ‘PGA TOUR winner’.
Golficity: What has been your favorite aspect about being a on the PGA TOUR? What has been the biggest challenge?
J.L.: My favorite aspect of the PGA TOUR is hard to say because there is so much to choose from. I guess the people and relationships gained from the TOUR may be my favorite aspect, and also going to places like Pebble Beach and the Memorial Tournament each year. The biggest challenge of playing the PGA TOUR is the stress of competing for your livelihood. It is very stressful and takes its toll on the body, no matter who you are.
Golficity: You have a particular interest in sharing your golf tips through writing. Can you tell us a bit more about your book “The Pocket Pro edition of Golf Tips from the Tour.”
J.L.: Golf Tips from the Tour is an accumulation of my lessons from golf and great teachers that I felt would help golfers of all levels. Since people can’t always take lessons when they wish to better their game, the book was my way of helping them to help themselves. Writing the book made me clarify and reinforce my own beliefs about the swing and mental aspects of the game. This helped my own game as well. The experience took away a lot of guesswork and enhanced my ability to help others as well as myself.
Golficity: What is your favorite course? Are there certain aspects that play to your strengths?
J.L.: My favorite courses are Cypress Point, Memorial, Augusta National, and Westchester just to name a few. Ball striking is my strength. I have won on all types of courses, so I am a scorer, but I prefer a tighter layout if I’m playing well.
Golficity: While at Texas State in 1983 your team won the Division II golf championship, and you received First Team All American honors for finishing second individually. You then went on to turn pro the following year. Do you have any tips you’d like to share for today’s collegiate golf players looking to improve their game and make the transition to the professional level?
J.L.: The one tip that matters most is what you think and more importantly what you believe. No matter what you want to do in golf, or in life, you have to picture yourself doing it consistently; and that picture will lead you where you want to go. Subconscious training is the key to success in anything.
Golficity: Fun question, who was the most memorable golfer you were ever paired up with and what was the experience like?
J.L.: There have been so many memorable golfers that I’ve played with. I will mention some of them that stood out: Lee Trevino, Seve Ballesteros, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, George Strait, Willie Nelson, and Bill Murray. The experiences were all different, very educational, very good, but what I learned was they are just people trying to be their best, like everybody else. Golf is a way to get people of all walks of life to share their time and experiences, which is great for learning and growing as an individual.
Golficity: What are your next steps on tour?
J.L.: My goal has always been and always will be to be the best player I can be, to reach my potential as a player, and to do what it takes to achieve that.
You can read more about J.L. Lewis on his website: www.jllewisgolf.com.
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